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The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly webinars on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.



Vehicle-Assist and Automation (VAA)
Discover How Self-Guided, Magnetic Bus Technology Improves Safety, Costs, and Efficiency

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On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Wei-bin Zhang, Han-Shue Tan, and Jihua (Jill) Huang presented Vehicle-Assist and Automation (VAA) - Discover How Self-Guided, Magnetic Bus Technology Improves Safety, Costs, and Efficiency.

Event Information

Attendees learned more about the benefits of using innovative magnetic guidance technology systems (MAGS) to precisely and safely dock transit buses. Hear about the hurdles, barriers, and issues faced during the project and the solutions that were discovered. The presentation demonstrated how VAA technologies have shown significant promise to:

  • Improve Safety: reduces passenger injuries, strain on the drivers, and trac incidents
  • Increase Cost Savings: decreases right-of-way costs, deployment costs, and bus maintenance and repairs
  • Enhance Operational Efficiencies: streamlines travel time, boarding and alighting of buses, and creates a smoother ride
Vehicle-Assist and Automation (VAA)
Vehicle-Assist and Automation (VAA)

Presenters Information

Wei-bin Zhang is a research engineer and the leader of the Transit Research program at California Partners for Advanced Transporation Technology (PATH) at University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Zhang has been leading and conducting research in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) since 1987.

Han-Shue Tan joined PATH in 1994 and has worked on a wide range of projects relating to heavy vehicles, driver dynamics, and tire and suspension modeling. He has eld tested automatic systems for buses, trucks and snow blowers. Currently, he is working on the bypass routing algorithm for Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) deployment.

Jihua (Jill) Huang received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley in 2004. Dr. Huang’s research areas include WIM and Virtual Weigh-in-Motion (VWIM) technologies, WIM data analysis, and WIM deployment issues. Currently, she is working with Caltrans to evaluate high potential areas for overweight trucks and truck accidents in California.

Presentation Slides

Webinar Information

Date Presented:
November 6, 2014, Thursday
Time Presented:
9:30 am - 11:30 am, Pacific Standard Time
  Webcast Recording: CLICK HERE to view the webcast recording

For more information, check the Division of Research and Innovation Website or contact Dee Lam at (916) 654-7656.


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